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I consider myself a reasonably organized person. Those who live with me might be laughing incredulously right now, but I can generally keep on top of my to do list, even if I don’t actually have a to do list written down somewhere. For the most part, the things I commit to doing are things I genuinely want to do, and that certainly helps. Procrastination rears its ugly head when I have a task I don’t really want to do, but I am mostly good at getting done the things that are important to me.

But what if there are LOTS of tasks I want to do? What if there are too many competing obligations, too many things I really want to get done, and just not enough hours in the day to do them? I have come, rather belatedly, to the realisation that I actually do need to PLAN to get things done, rather than just bumbling through doing whatever leaps out at me as important in the moment. Don’t get me wrong – I have tried to schedule things before. Most years of my life I have started writing things down in a pocket calendar at the beginning of the year. Virtually all of those calendars have nothing written in them beyond about March!

Somehow, though, this year has been different. I was given a large desk diary for Christmas, which sits beside me at my desk, and it is almost always open at the current day’s page (well…this week, at least!), and even has things written in it. Perhaps it’s because I’m busier with work now than I ever have been before, or because much of my work now involves schedules that need to fit around other people’s assignments, but I have found myself being much more diligent about scheduling work commitments. It’s astonishing how much that frees me up to be able to give a realistic yes or no when I’m asked to take on a new task!

A couple of months ago I was thinking about my scrapbooking, and realised that my personal books were starting to drop off the agenda a bit. I had completed a Day2Day project for 4 years in a row, but this year’s Day2Day project had stalled and I was beating myself up about that. I was working on a book of my Dad’s European trip last year, and another of our holiday in New Zealand in January, but the everyday events of family life were just not being recorded like they had been in past years. I was feeling disappointed in myself, and burdened by the thought of being “so far behind” and having “so much catching up to do”.

Here’s the thing: I wasn’t planning to scrap. It was somehow supposed to happen, almost magically, somewhere in between all the scheduled things and the demands of family life. I think I had a false assumption that if you love something, and value it, you’ll find a way to do it no matter what. Maybe I didn’t really value scrapping my memories as much as I thought? If I have to actively make time in my schedule to do it, maybe it’s not really that important to me? But then I realised, scheduling time to do something doesn’t mean you value it any less! In fact, it’s a sign that you think it’s important enough to prioritise.

I wondered if maybe it would help to commit to some scrapbooking goals. To decide what my scrapping priorities are, to articulate some concrete goals, and to make time to achieve them. I thought about how I could promise myself to work on my personal pages a certain number of hours a week, or to use the p2P challenge every week to get a page done in my family album, or to schedule Wednesday evenings when the rest of my family are out, as a special “scrapping just for me” time. And then I thought, maybe there are other people out there who have the same struggles I have! Maybe there are others who would like to have more time for scrapping and just need a little encouragement and a bit of help making a plan?

That’s when the idea for the p2P Plan2Scrap club was born. I talked to the p2P team, and we decided to give it a whirl. We set up a Facebook group and invited people to join if they wanted to set themselves some scrapbooking goals and have a cheer squad behind them all the way as they made progress. Well, I have to say, I’ve been absolutely blown away by the response! To date, we have 266 members in the club, and more people are joining every day. It turns out, there ARE plenty of people out there, just like me, who need that little bit of encouragement to make scrapping a higher priority. There are plenty of people who want to get their photos organized, make more pages, preserve more stories, and make meaningful photobooks for their loved ones. There are plenty of people who appreciate the accountability that making a public commitment to a certain goal brings.

And you know what? That’s one of the best things about the pixels2Pages community – it really IS a community. A community of like-minded scrappers, who love photos, and love doing something with their photos, and are happy to encourage and support anyone who wants to do the same. I just love the way people have been genuinely supportive and encouraging in the Plan2Scrap club! You really could not find a nicer bunch of people.

So, how about you? Are you planning to scrap? Do you need a bit of a kick along to set some goals for scrapping and achieve them? We would love to have you join the club – it is open to anyone. Pop over to the Plan2Scrap club Facebook page and ask to join, then start making some plans to do more of what you love!

P.S. Another great opportunity to get some scrapping done is coming up this weekend with our Fast2Finished crop! From Friday 24th through to Sunday 26th (US Eastern), we will have some fabulous cropping activities happening here on this website and on the pixels2Pages Facebook page. If you’re not a member, join now to get access to all the crop goodies, and plan to scrap with us this weekend!

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5 Responses to Blog: Planning to scrap?

  1. Jan says:

    I can relate so well to the unwritten lists and calendars (except mine don’t make it past mid-January – no surprise there!). I have been pleased with the progress I’ve been making getting my photos into the correct albums and tagged in my Forever account. And I was doing really well getting my desktop organized until it decided to quit working. Thankfully, just needs a new power supply so I should be back in business soon. Thanks for getting us planning, Alison!

  2. Tracie says:

    Thanks for the nudge, Alison! I clicked on the link to join. Scrapbooking has been important to me since I was a kid. (I did my “School Days” album, not my mom!) But I’ve fallen behind. I’m also planning to scrap this weekend, loading 1700 pictures into Historian from our summer vacation and tagging them. Whew! I’ve just got to start and get some momentum going.

  3. Lindie says:

    I appreciate your honesty. I will go great guns for a while and then stop. There are all of the excuses, especially when your computer dumps and you did not have a shadow copy. I know, I know. Being much better about it now. Almost done with recategorizing my photos in Historian. Still have to delete dups, trips, etc. Have not done a page recently because of this. Hoping to be ready for the weekend. Pixies are great.

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